Zodiac MK3 Grand Raid Assembly

Here’s a few tips on how to assemble your new Zodiac MK3 Grand Raid inflatable boat.

Unroll your Zodiac MK# and fit all floor boards except the middle aluminum one.
Unroll your Zodiac MK3 and fit all floor boards except the middle aluminum one.
Fit the last floor board into one side and make a Teepee.
Fit the last floor board into one side and make a Teepee.
Make a TeePee with the remaining floor section.
Make a TeePee with the remaining floor section.
Push down the Teepee to lock the floors with your stringers.
Push down the Teepee to lock the floors with your stringers.
Place your stringers on the side of the floorboards,
Place your stringers on the side of the floorboards.

Note: when the floor boards aren’t level it is very hard to install the stringers. Try placing the other stringer under the boat to “level The floor boards” or Mike’s technique of utilizing the Navy’s way of kicking a few pumps into the keel then fitting the stringers.

Roll the stringers under the lip of the floorboards to lock them in place.
Roll the stringers under the lip of the floorboards to lock them in place.
Ensure the stingers are fully seated.
Ensure the stingers are fully seated.
Make sure your stringers are "sunny side up" once you see how they fit correctly you won't install them upside down ever.
Make sure your stringers are “sunny side up” once you see how they fit correctly you won’t install them upside down ever.
Inflate and enjoy!
Inflate and enjoy!

IBC Special Boats Division

Every once in awhile the boys at IBC’s Special Boats Division take a stock boat and rub some life into it.

This particular occasion they took a Bombard C4 Commando and rigged it up as a mission configurable Sportsmen’s Boat. Suitable for fishing, duck hunting, back country, and big game or just going fast this one does it all and asks for more.

They started by making a custom seating system with rotating folding chairs to utilize the accessory rails on the Commando’s HD floor system letting the user move them to where they wanted or needed them in seconds.

Next they took a look at the Scotty fishing and accessory system and did some magic there as well by applying the Scotty glue pads with heavy duty overlays to accept any Scotty product that uses the 241 standard base. (options abound)
The shop combined the Scotty system and Lowrance HDI System using the Scotty fish finder mount they were able to include a Lowrance HDI Gen2 5 inch GPS plotter/fish finder with transducer to help lock on to those secret spots with complete confidence. Removable was the idea with ultimate adjustability for viewing the screen at any position on the boat.

Taking a page out of Mike’s operational manual the shop installed Seadek non-skid to the HD Aluminum floors deadening the noise signature while providing superior traction in all conditions. The Army Green Camo Pattern doesn’t hurt when it comes to hunting ducks or geese and has been a favorite here in the NW for just that.

For that performance advantage the Special Boats Division went with a 40Hp T.L.D.I. 2 stroke outboard motor with a tiller handle. Mike and Adam insist on a tiller for laser precision handling with lock to lock maneuvers in less than a second. The T.L.D.I. motor is the first choice as it lends it’s self to pump applications as well as prop applications. This one is rigged with a prop but a lower unit pump kit is available for those operators who run the skinny stuff.

Now there is no excuse why your freezer is empty because the guys at IBC’s Special Boat Division have provided you with the master’s Tool Set.

If you need one try clicking here and get while the getting is good!

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2015 Northwest Sportsmen’s Show

Come see us at the 2015 NW Sportsmen’s Show at Portland Expo Center.

We’ll be on hand to answer all of your fishing and hunting questions as well as those expedition and adventure options and must haves.

Get one of our Special Boat Division’s Custom C4 Commandos rigged with a 40Hp Tiller Handle Outboard and know why Mike catches all the fish and goes faster than everyone else!

Location = somewhere in the NW.
Location = somewhere in the NW.

February 4 – 8, 2015

SHOW HOURS

Wednesday: 11am – 9pm
Thursday: 11am – 9pm
Friday: 11am – 9pm
Saturday: 10am – 8pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Box office closes 1 hour prior to show closing.

Dr. Bombard’s Journey

It’s October again and that always makes me think of Dr. Bombard’s journey accross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a prototype inflatable boat.

On October 19th 1952 Dr. Bombard proved a castaway could survive in a liferaft until rescue on what the ocean could provide. With no food or water on his boat Dr. Bombard drifted for 65 days to prove his point. Dubbed the Heretique his prototype MK3 inflatable boat built by Zodiac would catapult survival at sea ahead centuries and boat design and knowlege immeasureably.

Starting October 19th and continuing on until December 23rd IBC will offer all Bombard Inflatable Boats in stock at an even better discount.
Our way of paying respect to Dr. Bombard and helping to get another generation of explorers on the water and off to adventure. Supplies limited to what’s on hand in the showroom and ware house.

This is a great time to buy as all new stock will be priced higher to reflect cost incereases for next season. Don’t worry IBC has a long history with the Bombard line and will always have boats coming, but not always at the price offered during the sale.

If you are looking for a jet powered inflatable boat the Bombard Commando series is the go to design. This custom mod from IBC is used by professionals the world over for shallow water operations, fishery based platforms, rescue, and law enforcement. A boat that can be rolled up and put into a small plane, car, or boat allows for rapid deployment anywhere there is water and a need for ultimate performance.

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